Adding proof to the notion that you don’t need a boat to ride a wakeboard, a third cable wakeboard park opens in the Austin area this week.
The newest park, Next Level Ride, officially fires up its wakeboard-pulling cable system on Friday. It’s located 8 miles east of Austin Bergstrom International Airport on Highway 71.
Two other cable parks – Quest ATX, which opened the summer of 2014 at 10815 FM 1625, and Texas Ski Ranch, which opened on Interstate 35 in New Braunfels more than a decade ago – also cater to wakeboarders without boats.
The husband and wife team of Curt and Niki Sotkovski, who started a wakeboarding team six years ago when they were in college, own and operate Next Level Ride.
A cable strung between towers pulls wakeboarders around a manmade lake and over obstacles like ramps and rails. The park is open to beginner and experienced riders and has a special smaller system called the Little Bro that’s suitable for children.
“We are invested and passionate about taking wakeboarders’ and people’s athleticism as a whole to the next level,” co-owner Curt Sotkovski said in a press release. “One way we are going to stand out from other cable parks is by offering training, nutrition, yoga, kid’s camps and possibly a skate park and dirt bike course next year.”
The park will focus on wakeboarding for the remainder of the 2015 season, before unveiling the other activities next year, said co-owner Niki Sotkovski.
Passes to the park can be purchased online here.
The park is located at 5400 E. Highway 71 in Del Valle. For more information call 512-915-9056.